The Shoe Surgeon Turns Louis Vuitton Camo into Air Jordan Customs
One of the earliest forms of high-end sneaker customisation involved using luxury fabrics to remake the uppers of popular shoe designs. The Shoe Surgeon remains a leading name in this practice, and returns to that methodology with his latest Air Jordan 1 and 4 customs, whose uppers were once camouflage Louis Vuitton jackets.
There is something paradoxical about an instantly recognisable luxury brand’s pattern and rendering it in camo form. That sort of high-low juxtaposition is made even more clear when used on sneakers like Jordans.
The AJ1s use a straightforward two-toned colour scheme, with green and brown woodland LV monogram textile placed on the main overlays against very tumbled white leather in the alternating panels. A custom layered ‘SRGN AIR’ tongue label leaves the customiser’s mark.
Meanwhile, the AJ4 employs sandy desert camo on the entirety of its upper, which does little to hide another LV monogram pattern. The contrast is also high on this pair, thanks to its black laces, hardware and outsoles. The classic skull and scalpel logo used by The Shoe Surgeon is reprised on the tongue, replacing the OG Flight type.
A small run of the LV Camo customs is available now from The Shoe Surgeon.